Canada’s university science innovation ecosystem needs a build-for-scale strategy that supports academic scientist-entrepreneurs from ideation through to commercialization, Elicia Maine, the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University, says in an op-ed.
Organization: Council of Canadian Academies
Minister Champagne announces construction of NRC’s vaccine plant in Montreal is complete, Concordia gets go-ahead for a new school of interdisciplinary health, NISC receives quantum research funding to improve online communication security, and more.
Creative funding models and other innovative tools could help Canada’s research funding agencies address issues such as gender disparities, peer review bias and inequitable funding for researchers and institutions, says the chair of a new expert panel report by the Council of Canadian Academies. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada commissioned the report as part of NSERC’s planning process for its new long-term strategic plan.
Changes impacting the natural sciences and engineering fields include a sense of “hyper-competition” for research funding that is particularly affecting young investigators, says Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman, the chair of a new Council of Canadian Academies expert panel that released a report this week.
This week in The Short Report, the Canadian Association of Science Centres receives funding to address vaccine misinformation while U of T targets strategies to reduce fear of needles; the University of Alberta receives industry funding to bolster wheat-breeding capacity, the Rideau Hall Foundation recognizes excellence in innovation, and more.
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has launched four new, federally-supported projects to assess urgent scientific challenges. Expert panels will evaluate the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence for science and engineering, Canada’s carbon sink potential, public safety in the digital age, and the impacts of health and science misinformation.
The federal government invests in protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale; a Canadian-led social media movement aims to stop the spread of misinformation around COVID-19; University Health Network study shows full dose blood thinners decrease need for life support in COVID-19 patients, and a new report says Canada’s PhD students face persistent barriers applying skill sets.
Canadian scientists are no longer able to do cutting-edge deep-sea research off Canada’s coasts because of outdated and unreliable research vessels, say co-chairs of the National Research Vessel Task Team. As a stop-gap measure, the group is proposing the development of modular ocean research infrastructure (MORI) that could be deployed on industry ships and other non-specialized vessels.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the biomedical research process and amplified the adverse ramifications of poor public communication. We need to do better.
A Council of Canadian Academies expert panel found that Canada can build on its strengths in gene therapies to create sustainable global companies in this emerging field.